Each semester we select 3 rising seniors from Mitchell and Mountain Heritage High Schools, along with 3 from McDowell High to participate in our intensive internship experience. During the semester, students spend every afternoon in a clinical or healthcare-related setting learning from local practitioners in their community. These internships are carefully designed to provide the students with the additional support and exposure that are vital to pursuing a career in healthcare.

We believe that a sustainable program must be firmly rooted in community. By engaging local providers as teachers and collaborating with community businesses, we seek to collectively invest in the success of these students.

Our program is inspired by the highly successful Minority Medical Mentoring Program (MMMP) in Asheville, NC and the University of Alabama Rural Health Leaders Pipeline. In its first 9 years, MMMP has graduated 40 student interns and has seen the following outcomes:

  • 2 students enrolled in PH.D programs (UNC Chapel Hill and Emory)
  • 2 students in medical school (Harvard and UNC Chapel Hill)
  • 1 student completed and 3 enrolled in master’s-level programs
  • 14 college graduates (15 currently enrolled) with 11 still on health-career tracks